Each essay should answer the question, use specific quotes/examples from your texts, and form an argumentative position from your perspective. Students may have no more than 2 hours to complete the exam.
The questions are from topics covered in this class which are: Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture, Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Perfume: The Story of a Murder, Frankenstein, and You
· Silence of the Lambs (1991)
· Mr. Brooks(2005)
· Dexter (2005) – Showtime Series, Season One
· Natural Born Killers (1994)
· A production ofFrankenstein (Students’ Choice)
Films Based on Real Serial Killers (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.: Films based on real serial killers.
Serial Killer Media: (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. A compendium of serial killer media.
List of Serial Killer Films: (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.List of Serial Killer films with basic plot outlines and summaries.
Film History Milestones: (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Film History Milestones in a Decade by Decade Breakdown.
Specific Questions (Sample)
1. Consider the aspects of addiction that Mr. Brooks asks us to believe during the course of the plot. Can Earl Brooks recover from his addiction? Can he be rehabilitated? As another alternative, is serial killing genetic–in other words, can it be passed down to his children? Is this biology or learned behavior?
2. On p. 221, Schmid suggests that most novels/films portray the killers as sexual deviants, but they do so in a way that implies that serial killers are somehow “not normal” in their appetites. This quickly leads to questions of homosexuality or bisexuality as easy targets. If the killers are heterosexual, their sexuality is never mentioned. How does this argument play out in Perfume?
3. Youhas the ability to change the way we think about talking to strangers and sharing information online. Did you change your passwords when you finished? Describe your own online or social media persona and offer up a realistic perspective of the data that you release when making a post. Offer up a specific example if you choose this posting, and detail the ways this online persona may/may not put you in danger.